Many Jewel-Osco shoppers have written to ask what’s up with the FREE Arla cream cheese printable coupon on RedPlum’s site at the moment. This coupon says it is valid on a FREE 7-ounce tub of Arla at Jewel-Osco and other Albertsons/Safeway family stores.
The problem? Jewel-Osco’s coupon policy explicitly prohibits the usage of ANY free-product printable coupons at their stores:
The following conditions apply: DO NOT accept internet coupons for free product offers which do not require a qualifying purchase
Shoppers are reporting that they are not being allowed to use this printable coupon because it violates Jewel’s coupon policy. (It’s also why I’ve held off posting a link to it until now.) However, I’m getting a lot of email about it now because look what this weekend’s MyMixx offer is:
As regular Jewel shoppers know, Jewel’s coupon policy allows you to combine a Buy One Get One FREE offer with another coupon on the first item. However, the MyMixx offer prohibits shoppers from combining it with any other offer.
I reached out to Jewel-Osco earlier this week to ask whether the printable Arla free-product coupon is legitimate. Due to the fact that it is specifically advertising Jewel as one of the stores to redeem the coupon at, I suspected it may have been offered in partnership between Jewel and Arla.
Today, Jewel’s corporate confirmed that they had approved the Arla coupon and it is okay to use in stores. They are in the process of communicating to stores that it is acceptable.
If you do try to use the free Arla cream cheese printable coupon in store, please be patient with your cashiers. This is the first time that I can recall any free-product printable coupon being acceptable at Jewel in the 9+ years I’ve been blogging about Jewel-Osco, so it’s likely that the cashiers’ initial impulses will be to -not- accept it.
Thanks to everyone who wrote to bring this situation to my attention – it’s an unusual one for sure!